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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319329/extracellular-acidosis-and-very-low-na-inhibit-nbcn1-and-nhe1-mediated-net-acid-extrusion-from-mouse-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Lisbeth Bonde, Ebbe Boedtkjer
AIM: The electroneutral Na(+) ,HCO3(-) -cotransporter NBCn1 and Na(+) /H(+) -exchanger NHE1 regulate acid-base balance in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and modify artery function and structure. Pathological conditions-notably ischemia-can dramatically perturb intracellular (i) and extracellular (o) pH and [Na(+) ]. We examined effects of low [Na(+) ]o and pHo on NBCn1 and NHE1 activity in VSMCs of small arteries. METHODS: We measured pHi by 2',7'-bis-(2-carboxyethyl)-5-(and-6)-carboxyfluorescein-based fluorescence microscopy of mouse mesenteric arteries and induced intracellular acidification by NH4(+) -prepulse technique...
March 20, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319048/amino-acid-insensitive-mtorc1-regulation-enables-nutritional-stress-resilience-in-hematopoietic-stem-cells
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Demetrios Kalaitzidis, Dongjun Lee, Alejo Efeyan, Youmna Kfoury, Naema Nayyar, David B Sykes, Francois E Mercier, Ani Papazian, Ninib Baryawno, Gabriel D Victora, Donna Neuberg, David M Sabatini, David T Scadden
The mTOR pathway is a critical determinant of cell persistence and growth wherein mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) mediates a balance between growth factor stimuli and nutrient availability. Amino acids or glucose facilitates mTORC1 activation by inducing RagA GTPase recruitment of mTORC1 to the lysosomal outer surface, enabling activation of mTOR by the Ras homolog Rheb. Thereby, RagA alters mTORC1-driven growth in times of nutrient abundance or scarcity. Here, we have evaluated differential nutrient-sensing dependence through RagA and mTORC1 in hematopoietic progenitors, which dynamically drive mature cell production, and hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), which provide a quiescent cellular reserve...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319043/glucocorticoid-receptors-finding-the-middle-ground
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Sofie J Desmet, Karolien De Bosscher
Glucocorticoids (GCs; referred to clinically as corticosteroids) are steroid hormones with potent anti-inflammatory and immune modulatory profiles. Depending on the context, these hormones can also mediate pro-inflammatory activities, thereby serving as primers of the immune system. Their target receptor, the GC receptor (GR), is a multi-tasking transcription factor, changing its role and function depending on cellular and organismal needs. To get a clearer idea of how to improve the safety profile of GCs, recent studies have investigated the complex mechanisms underlying GR functions...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318687/protein-intake-distribution-pattern-does-not-affect-anabolic-response-lean-body-mass-muscle-strength-or-function-over-8-weeks-in-older-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Il-Young Kim, Scott Schutzler, Amy M Schrader, Horace J Spencer, Gohar Azhar, Robert R Wolfe, Arny A Ferrando
BACKGROUND & AIMS: In our recent acute metabolic study, we found no differences in the anabolic response to differing patterns of dietary protein intake. To confirm this in a chronic study, we investigated the effects of protein distribution pattern on functional outcomes and protein kinetics in older adults over 8 weeks. METHODS: To determine chronic effects of protein intake pattern at 1.1 g protein/kg/day in mixed meals on lean body mass (LBM), functional outcomes, whole body protein kinetics and muscle protein fractional synthesis rate (MPS) over 8-week respective dietary intervention, fourteen older subjects were randomly divided into either EVEN or UNVEN group...
March 3, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318233/assembly-mechanism-of-zr-containing-and-other-tm-containing-polyoxometalates
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Pablo Jiménez-Lozano, Albert Solé-Daura, Georges Wipff, Josep M Poblet, Alain Chaumont, Jorge J Carbó
The mechanism by which Zr-substituted and other transition metal-substituted polyoxometalates (POMs) form covalently linked dimers has been analyzed by means of static density functional theory (DFT) calculations with a continuous solvent model as well as Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (CPMD) simulations with explicit solvent molecules. The study includes different stages of the process: the formation of the active species by alkalination of the solution and formation of intercluster linkages. CPMD simulations show that the Zr-triaqua precursor, [W5O18Zr(H2O)3](2-), under basic conditions, reacts with hydroxide anions to form Zr-aqua-hydroxo active species, [W5O18Zr(OH)(H2O)](3-)...
March 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317484/redox-systems-antioxidants-and-sarcopenia
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Bertrand Fougère, Gabor Abellan van Kan, Bruno Vellas, Matteo Cesari
According to the free-radical theory of aging, oxidative stress is a key contributor to the onset of age-related conditions by inducing structural and functional alterations in several cellular components. Although innate defenses exist for limiting the occurrence of such detrimental effects, their ability to counteract the continuous and large production of reactive oxygen species becomes increasingly inefficient with aging. In this context, interventions aimed at preserving the homeostatic balance between oxidant production and antioxidant protection may be beneficial on the pathophysiological modifications and clinical manifestations featuring the aging process...
March 17, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316875/physical-therapy-for-a-patient-with-essential-tremor-and-prolonged-deep-brain-stimulation-a-case-report
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Elizabeth A Ulanowski, Megan M Danzl, Kara M Sims
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of evidence examining the role of physical therapy (PT) to address movement dysfunction for individuals with essential tremor (ET). CASE REPORT: A 61-year-old male with ET and prolonged bilateral deep brain stimulation (DBS) completed 14 sessions of outpatient PT that emphasized balance, functional movements, and proximal stability training with an integration of principles of body awareness training and visual motor coordination. Improvements were noted in all outcome measures...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315565/heart-rate-variability-in-normal-weight-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Celal Kilit, Türkan Paşalı Kilit
OBJECTIVE: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disease closely related to several risk factors of cardiovascular disease. Obese women with PCOS show altered autonomic modulation. The results of studies investigating cardiac autonomic functions of normal-weight women with PCOS are conflicting. The aim of the study was to assess the reactivity of cardiac sympathovagal balance in normal-weight women with PCOS by heart rate variability analysis. METHODS: We examined the heart rate variability in 60 normal-weight women with PCOS and compared them with that in 60 age-matched healthy women having a similar metabolic profile...
March 9, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315453/defects-in-mitochondrial-energetic-function-compels-fanconi-anemia-cells-to-glycolytic-metabolism
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Enrico Cappelli, Paola Cuccarolo, Giorgia Stroppiana, Maurizio Miano, Roberta Bottega, Vanessa Cossu, Paolo Degan, Silvia Ravera
Energetic metabolism plays an essential role in the differentiation of haematopoietic stem cells (HSC). In Fanconi Anaemia (FA), DNA damage is accumulated during HSC differentiation, an event that is likely associated with bone marrow failure (BMF). One of the sources of the DNA damage is altered mitochondrial metabolism and an associated increment of oxidative stress. Recently, altered mitochondrial morphology and a deficit in the energetic activity in FA cells have been reported. Considering that mitochondria are the principal site of aerobic ATP production, we investigated FA metabolism in order to understand what pathways are able to compensate for this energy deficiency...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315304/sphingosine-1-phosphate-a-double-edged-sword-in-the-brain
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Indulekha Karunakaran, Gerhild van Echten-Deckert
The physiological functions of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) and its pathological roles in various diseases are increasingly being elucidated. Particularly, a growing body of literature has implicated S1P in the pathogenesis of brain related disorders. With the deciphering of more intricate aspects of S1P signalling, there is also a need to reconsider the notion of S1P only as a determinant of cell survival and proliferation. Further the concept of 'S1P-ceramide' balance as the controlling switch of cellular fate and functions needs to be refined...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315266/sigma-1-receptors-fine-tune-the-neuronal-networks
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Shang-Yi Anne Tsai, Tsung-Ping Su
The endoplasmic reticular (ER) protein sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) has been implicated in CNS disorders including but not limited to neurodegenerative diseases, depression , amnesia, and substance abuse. Sig-1Rs are particularly enriched in the specific domain where ER membranes make contacts with the mitochondria (MAM). Within that specific domain, Sig-1Rs play significant roles governing calcium signaling and reactive oxygen species homeostasis to maintain proper neuronal functions. Studies showed that the Sig-1R is pivotal to regulate neuroplasticity and neural survival via multiple aspects of mechanism...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306736/identifying-predictive-motor-factors-for-falls-in-post-menopausal-breast-cancer-survivors
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Marek Zak, Malgorzata Biskup, Pawel Macek, Halina Krol, Szymon Krupnik, Anna Opuchlik
OBJECTIVE: Breast cancer treatment, including radical surgery, is also pursued as late as the 7th - 8th decade of women's lives. Standard physical rehabilitation procedures offered to those women are predominantly focused on attenuating specific functional deficits of the upper limb and trunk. Seldom do they entail any regimens specifically aimed at recovering overall functionality, and reducing exposure to falls-risk. The study aimed to assess potential interrelationships between the self-reported falls, individual functional capabilities and appreciably reducing exposure to falls-risk in a group of post-menopausal, post-surgical breast cancer survivors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306154/protein-intake-and-mobility-limitation-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-the-health-abc-study
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Denise K Houston, Janet A Tooze, Katelyn Garcia, Marjolein Visser, Susan Rubin, Tamara B Harris, Anne B Newman, Stephen B Kritchevsky
OBJECTIVES: The current Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is based on short-term nitrogen balance studies in young adults and may underestimate the amount needed to optimally preserve physical function in older adults. We examined the association between protein intake and the onset of mobility limitation over 6 years of follow-up in older adults in the Health ABC study. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Memphis, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304267/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-and-family-functioning-in-adult-children-facing-parental-cancer-a-comparison-study
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Ricardo J Teixeira, M Graça Pereira
This study analyzed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and family functioning in a sample of adult children caregivers of cancer patients and in a group of adult children of nonchronically ill parents. Participants completed measures of family functioning and PTSD symptoms. The parental cancer group was subdivided into PTSD subgroups, and significant differences, on family functioning, were found. In the parental cancer group, the predictors of PTSD symptoms were being a woman and having an enmeshed or chaotic family functioning...
August 1, 2016: Research and Theory for Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303955/differential-proteomic-analysis-by-itraq-reveals-the-mechanism-of-pyropia-haitanensis-responding-to-high-temperature-stress
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Jianzhi Shi, Yuting Chen, Yan Xu, Dehua Ji, Changsheng Chen, Chaotian Xie
Global warming increases sea temperature and leads to high temperature stress, which affects the yield and quality of Pyropia haitanensis. To understand the molecular mechanisms underlying high temperature stress in a high temperature tolerance strain Z-61, the iTRAQ technique was employed to reveal the global proteomic response of Z-61 under different durations of high temperature stress. We identified 151 differentially expressed proteins and classified them into 11 functional categories. The 4 major categories of these are protein synthesis and degradation, photosynthesis, defense response, and energy and carbohydrate metabolism...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303891/il-21-restricts-t-follicular-regulatory-t-cell-proliferation-through-bcl-6-mediated-inhibition-of-responsiveness-to-il-2
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Christoph Jandl, Sue M Liu, Pablo F Cañete, Joanna Warren, William E Hughes, Alexis Vogelzang, Kylie Webster, Maria E Craig, Gulbu Uzel, Alexander Dent, Polina Stepensky, Bärbel Keller, Klaus Warnatz, Jonathan Sprent, Cecile King
T follicular regulatory (Tfr) cells control the magnitude and specificity of the germinal centre reaction, but how regulation is contained to ensure generation of high-affinity antibody is unknown. Here we show that this balance is maintained by the reciprocal influence of interleukin (IL)-2 and IL-21. The number of IL-2-dependent FoxP3(+) regulatory T cells is increased in the peripheral blood of human patients with loss-of-function mutations in the IL-21 receptor (IL-21R). In mice, IL-21:IL-21R interactions influence the phenotype of T follicular cells, reducing the expression of CXCR4 and inhibiting the expansion of Tfr cells after T-cell-dependent immunization...
March 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303646/quality-of-life-on-tsu-68-combination-of-docetaxel-and-tsu-68-an-oral-antiangiogenic-agent-in-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-previously-treated-with-anthracycline
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Byeong Seok Sohn, Sung-Bae Kim, Jin-Hee Ahn, Kyung Hae Jung, Jeongeun Kim, Keun Seok Lee, Jungsil Ro, Seock-Ah Im, Young-Hyuck Im, Hong Suk Song, Hee Sook Park, Hyun-Cheol Chung
AIM: The aim of this study is to investigate whether the addition of TSU-68 would affect on the quality of life (QOL) of Korean metastatic breast cancer patients treated with docetaxel. METHODS: Sixty-three of 78 patients completed the baseline QOL questionnaires and at least one follow-up questionnaire comprising questions from the Korean Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast (FACT-B), hospital anxiety and depression scale (HAD), the shortened form of the profile of mood states (BPOMS), and anticipation and anxiety for treatment scale...
March 16, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303096/what-is-the-contribution-of-ia-afference-for-regulating-motor-output-variability-during-standing
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Niklas König, Matteo G Ferraro, Heiner Baur, William R Taylor, Navrag B Singh
Motor variability is an inherent feature of all human movements, and describes the system's stability and rigidity during the performance of functional motor tasks such as balancing. In order to ensure successful task execution, the nervous system is thought to be able to flexibly select the appropriate level of variability. However, it remains unknown which neurophysiological pathways are utilized for the control of motor output variability. In responding to natural variability (in this example sway), it is plausible that the neuro-physiological response to muscular elongation contributes to restoring a balanced upright posture...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302213/-effects-of-embryonic-lead-exposure-on-motor-function-and-balance-ability-in-offspring-rats-and-possible-mechanisms
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Jian-Ping Zhou, Fan Wang, Xue-Ying Wang, Yong-Sheng Jiang, Xiao-Qing Yi
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of embryonic lead exposure on motor function and balance ability in offspring rats and the possible mechanisms. METHODS: An animal model of embryonic lead exposure was prepared with the use of pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats freely drinking 0.1% (low-dose group, LG) or 0.2% (high-dose group, HG) lead acetate solution. A normal control group (NG) was also set. The male offspring rats of these pregnant rats were included in the study, consisting of 12 rats in the NG group, 10 rats in the LG group, and 9 rats in the HG group...
March 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301829/ionic-crosslinking-of-imidazolium-functionalized-poly-aryl-ether-ketone-by-sulfonated-poly-ether-ether-ketone-for-anion-exchange-membranes
#20
Yixin Xu, Niya Ye, Dengji Zhang, Jingshuai Yang, Ronghuan He
Two N3-substituted imidazoles 1,2-dimethylimidazole and 1-butyl-2-methylimidazole were chosen to functionalize poly(aryl ether ketone), respectively. The generated imidazolium cations could electrostatically react with sulfonate ions of the sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) forming the ionic crosslinking structure of the membranes. The changes in crosslinking degree and the alkyl chain-length on N3 site of the imidazoliums could highly affect the properties of the anion exchange membranes (AEMs). The AEMs functionalized by 1-butyl-2-methylimidazole exhibited superior properties compared to those functionalized by 1,2-dimethylimidazole according to the tolerance tests of the AEMs towards hot alkaline solutions...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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